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25 February 2011

Harpur Crewe – More Livery buttons

The Harpur-Crewe baronets seem to be a source of at least three different sets of livery buttons.  In addition to that of Vauncey Harpur-Crewe (see earlier entry) there are two more on sale at eBay:

Image courtesy of the vendor, jibajaba.

Image courtesy of the vendor, hantsreg

These two button both display the Arms & Crests for Harpur-Crewe along with the baronet’s “Red Hand of Ulster” insignia and also the motto “Degeneranti Genus Opprobrium ”  (Lineage becomes a disgrace to the man who degenerates from it).

The top button also displays the wife’s Arms of:

Gules three bars embattled counter embattled.

So far I have been unable to find Arms of that blazon associated with the various wives.  The 4th baronet married Catherine Crewe, daughter and co-heir to Thomas Crewe, 2nd Baron of Crewe of  Stene around 1709.  The subsequent baronets married:

5th – Caroline Manners, daughter of the Duke of Rutland.

6th – Frances Elizabeth Greville, daughter of Earl of Brooke & Earl of Warwick.

7th – Anne Hawkins.

8th – Jane Whitaker, daughter of the Rev Thomas Whitaker.

9th – Georgiana Jane Henrietta Eliza Lovell, daughter of Vice Admiral William Stanhope Lovell.

10th – Isabel Adderley daughter of Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Baron Norton.

24 February 2011

Harpur Crewe – Livery button

An interesting livery button is listed on eBay.  Not only has it impaled Arms but three crests.

This appears to be the livery button of Vauncey Harpur-Crewe who married in 1846 the Hon Isabel Adderley daughter of Charles Bowyer Adderley, 1st Baron Norton.  Upon the death of his father in 1886 Vauncey Harpur-Crewe became the 10th Harpur-Crewe Baronet of Calke Abbey.


Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure a lion rampant (for Crewe) 2nd & 3rd Argent a lion rampant within a bordure engrailed Sable (Harpur)
Argent on a bend Azure three mascles of the field (for Adderley)


Left: Out of a ducal coronet Or a lion’s gamb Argent armed gules (Crewe)

Centre: Not identified

Right: A boar passant Or ducally gorged and crined Gules (Harpur)

I have had no joy so far in identifying the middle crest.  Since it has a cross I am wondering if it is some reference to Calke Abbey.

Image courtesy of the vendor, jibajaba.


My thanks again to Arthur Radburn over at the HSS. He found reference to:

The first of the family to be knighted apparently was Sir Robert le Harpur (seventh generation), son of Gilbert le Harpur and his wife Isolda (Morton) le Harpur. Sir Robert lived in the time of Edward II (1284-1327) and bore for his arms a plain cross, and the same for his crest, issuing out of a coronet.

So perhaps the middle crest is a reference to the ancient Harpur crest?

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